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Links 1 through 10 of 51 by Latoya Peterson tagged China

"But what was unusual about this particular Weibzer, called “Baby Guo Meimei” (郭美美Baby), was that she listed herself as Business General Manager of the Red Cross Society of China, the nation’s biggest charity organization. It was a detail noticed by one sharp-eyed netizen, as Chinese Internet users are called, and in pointing this out, was reposted over a thousand times in just two hours. It was one thing to be just another spoilt, materialistic rich-kid, quite another if the circumstances of your wealth came about from redirected charity funds."

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"According to this historical perspective, 600 years ago, Chinese sailors swam ashore after their vessel was shipwrecked off the coast of Pate Island, near Lamu. The Chinese sailors married the local people, and their descendants can still be identified by their almond-shaped eyes and light skin. But the problem is that so far, there is no concrete proof that this tale is true. While archeologists have found Chinese coins and ceramics in Kenya, these could be explained by ancient trade routes that took Chinese goods through the Malacca Strait, and into India and the Arab world."

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"This ideal mix of economic gains while being with family - when compared with the recession-struck US and its chain of immigration pains - makes the pastures at home, temptingly green. 'America is soon going to be importing innovation from India and China. We are now exporting all that goodness,'" says Vivek Wadhwa, an entrepreneur-turned-academic, who co-authored the report.

"'It's hard to put a date on when this reverse brain drain began, but it accelerated when we went into recession because these emerging economies were not really impacted,' says Robert Litan, VP - research and policy at the Kauffman Foundation. 'It's not a brain drain, but a hemorrhage,' exclaims Wadhwa. 'Flawed US immigration policies along with opportunities in India and China have hastened this trend.'"

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"Is the "Age of America" drawing to a close? According to the International Monetary Fund (IMF), its demise as the leading economic power is five years away and the next president of the United States will preside over an economy that plays second fiddle to China's."

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"The raid, which coincides with one of the most concerted government crackdowns on dissent in a decade, sent a chill through China’s burgeoning gay community, which in recent years has grown self-confident despite intermittent harassment from the authorities. Gay activists say they cannot recall an incident in which so many people were taken into custody in one fell swoop.

"Homosexuality was decriminalized in 1997 and officially removed from a list of mental disorders in 2001 although it remains largely taboo, and invisible."

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"Of all the unfamiliar products in a Chinese supermarket, one of the most shocking to American visitors is a toothpaste featuring the logo of a minstrel singer in a top hat, flashing a white smile. Even more shocking: the paste, known as Darlie in English and as Black People Toothpaste in Chinese, is a product of the Hawley & Hazel Group, a Hong Kong–based company established in 1933, which is now owned in part by the Colgate-Palmolive Co."

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"Wu now devotes her time and energy to speaking up for gay acceptance by family and society. Her small frame belies her big role in China's gay community, where she is affectionately called 'Mama Wu.'

She taught herself to use a computer three years ago and now writes a blog that has clocked more than 2.2 million hits. She also tweets frequently, has launched a hotline and founded the country's first PFLAG - Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays - group in her hometown.

"'I just followed my instinct and my love for my son,' Wu said."

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""In the introduction to "Alien/Asian: Imagining the Racialized Future" -- a special issue of the academic journal "MELUS" that explores the depiction of Asians in science fiction and fantasy -- Stanford University Asian American Studies professor Stephen Sohn notes that visions of an Asian-dominated future stretch back to the roots of the modern speculative fiction genre, the era of pulp novels and penny dreadfuls.

He cites by way of example Jack London's 1906 short story "The Unparalleled Invasion," set in what was then the far-distant year of 1976; it chronicles a rising China, empowered by the incredible fertility of its people to become a ravening horde that threatens to overrun the "civilized" nations of the West. The "Chinese problem" is neatly solved by genocide, in which the allied Western Nations bombard China with volleys of infectious disease, whose catastrophic impact on the population is described by London in ornate detail."

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"Until recently, there have only been folk tales and insubstantial hints at how far Zheng He might have sailed.
Then, a few years ago, fishermen off the northern Kenyan port town of Lamu hauled up 15th Century Chinese vases in their nets, and the Chinese authorities ran DNA tests on a number of villagers who claimed Chinese ancestry."

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"More significantly, the protests also signaled the emergence here of a new type of ultranationalist group. The groups are openly anti-foreign in their message, and unafraid to win attention by holding unruly street demonstrations.

"Since first appearing last year, their protests have been directed at not only Japan’s half million ethnic Koreans, but also Chinese and other Asian workers, Christian churchgoers and even Westerners in Halloween costumes. In the latter case, a few dozen angrily shouting demonstrators followed around revelers waving placards that said, 'This is not a white country.'"

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